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Summer of 84 (2018)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 10 August 2018 (USA)
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After suspecting that their police officer neighbor is a serial killer, a group of teenage friends spend their summer spying on him and gathering evidence, but as they get closer to discovering the truth, things get dangerous.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Graham Verchere ... Davey Armstrong
Judah Lewis ... Tommy 'Eats' Eaton
Caleb Emery ... Dale 'Woody' Woodworth
Cory Gruter-Andrew ... Curtis Farraday (as Cory Grüter-Andrew)
Tiera Skovbye ... Nikki Kaszuba
Rich Sommer ... Wayne Mackey
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Randall Armstrong
Shauna Johannesen ... Sheila Armstrong
William MacDonald ... Sheriff Caldwell
Harrison Houde ... Bobby Coker
Aren Buchholz ... Kyle
Susie Castillo ... Brenda Woodworth
Reilly Jacob Reilly Jacob ... Dusty Dewitt
Jaiven Natt ... Young Kid
J. Alex Brinson ... Officer Cole
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After suspecting that their police officer neighbor is a serial killer, a group of teenage friends spend their summer spying on him and gathering evidence, but as they get closer to discovering the truth, things get dangerous.

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10 August 2018 (USA) See more »

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When Eats, Farraday, and Woody are about to enter Sammy Hoffman's home you can hear Woody saying, "I have a bad feeling about this, " which is a reference to the Star Wars movies. 43:29 mark of the movie. See more »

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Dusty Dewitt (the kid on the milk carton) is referred to as a "Ginger" (or red head) even though his photo is in black and white. Also his hair does not appear to be red in the scene where Davey sees Dusty with Mackey. See more »

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Curtis Farraday: You know you can get AIDS from looking through trash, right?
Tommy 'Eats' Eaton: Only way you're ever getting AIDS.
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References Gilligan's Island (1964) See more »

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Not Your Typical Serial Killer Film
30 October 2018 | by SomaQuestSee all my reviews

First and foremost - this film is not to be compared to Stranger Things and / or It because it was never intended to be compared to those films.

Summer of '84 is a well constructed indie slow-burn film which draws on the neighborhood and suburban vibe which was only realized fully in this country during the 1980's. Harkening back to such classic films as The 'Burbs, Rear Window, When A Stranger Calls Back and other such '80s gems that hone in on the mentality of evil in our midst sight brought about by the Cold War and anti-communist rhetoric of 1950's McCarthyism.

Many of our younger readers will not remember a time when kids actually played outside at night in the neighborhood. Games we all loved such as Kick the Can or War or Flashlight Tag, games that parents secretly worried would expose us to that unknown evil... it is this mindset that Summer of '84 sets itself on.

Not your typical serial killer film, but I enjoyed it thoroughly. I will say I was surprised by the ending as I am cursed with determining the plot too early for most films - this one blindsided me and for that I thank the writers.

Haters of this film either 1) Don't understand that a horror movie doesn't have to be all in-your-face or 2) have no recollection of life during that period so don't see it as realistic. I was that age during the '80s and I vividly remember playing those games, being exposed to nudie mags, doing the neighborhood festivals, hearing about killers and half-wishing something happened in my area so I could play hero.

Well done production crew.


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